IMPACT: Who Is As Important As How

 A Tamarack Webinar

IMPACT_Book_Cover.pngDate: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Time: 11:55am-1:00 pm Eastern Time

Speakers: Al Etmanski and Darcy Riddell

An undue focus on how we do social innovation creates the impression that it’s a specialty we must be trained for. Instead, social innovation is enlightened by who we are – by character, not technique. The conviction of today’s social innovators arises from their emotional and spiritual maturity. They pay attention to what nourishes and replenishes their spirits. And they have the humility to admit their limitations and fears.

Join Al for an intimate conversation with Darcy Riddell of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, as they explore how the efficacy of some of the tools, techniques and social technologies we use today depend on the character of their users.

Please note that this session is the fifth part of a 6 Part Learning Journey Webinar Series for Social Innovators & Community Change Agents with Al Etmanski. Space is limited in all the sessions, and you must register for each session you wish to attend.

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                                                       About Al Etmanski

Al_Etmanski_headshot.jpgAl Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. He is a founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact. Previously he co-founded Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) with his wife Vickie Cammack and Jack Collins. Al is an Ashoka fellow, and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD).

Al has received numerous awards for his work with people with disabilities, including the Order of Canada (2014), Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), and Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal (2005). He lives with his wife Vickie Cammack – who also received the Order of Canada – just outside of Vancouver and delight in the creative pursuits of their five children.

In his highly praised new book, Impact: Six Patterns To Spread Your Social Innovation, Etmanski provides an inspirational and practical roadmap for others wishing to transform our society. He is a thought-leader, researcher, and storyteller with the rare ability to both inspire audiences and leave them with actionable change strategies.

About Darcy Riddell

Darcy Riddell has played diverse social change roles as a strategist, convener, researcher and campaigner. She is the Director of Strategic Learning with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Her work integrates a potent mix of transformative process design, capacity-building and social change strategy.  She recently completed a PhD. in Social Innovation/Social and Ecological Sustainability (, researching disruptive innovation in complex systems, with a focus on linking and scaling impacts, and the role of individuals in transforming systems. Previous roles include Program Director at Hollyhock Leadership Institute, where she designed and delivered social change and environmental leadership programs and facilitated cross-sector change initiatives involving non-profits, foundations, cooperatives, labour, universities and government.  She has also held campaign, communications and public engagement roles advancing coastal forest conservation in the Great Bear Rainforest with ForestEthics and Sierra Club of BC. She recently co-designed Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Fellowship in Social Innovation and Resilience, and developed a new certificate in Social Innovation at SFU in Vancouver. Darcy serves on the board of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, and lives with her family in Vancouver Cohousing.


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